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Texas megachurch pastor resigns after woman says he sexually abused her in the 1980s

By Jamie Stengle — June 20, 2024
DALLAS (AP) — Gateway Church's board of elders said in a statement that they'd accepted the resignation of Robert Morris, the church's senior pastor and founder.
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Hundreds died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say

By Samy Magdy — June 20, 2024
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has not commented on the death toll amid the heat during the pilgrimage, required of every able Muslim once in their life, nor offered any causes for those who died. However, hundreds of people had lined up at the Emergency Complex in Al-Muaisem neighborhood in Mecca, trying to get information about their missing family members.

Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud

By Larry Neumeister — June 18, 2024
NEW YORK (AP) — Lamor Miller-Whitehead, 45, of Paramus, New Jersey, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who said she didn’t see meaningful remorse from the Rolls Royce-driving bishop convicted of fleecing one parishioner out of $90,000 in retirement savings, among other scams.

Pilgrims commence the final rites of Hajj as Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

By Samy Magdy — June 18, 2024
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Masses of pilgrims on Sunday embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia under the soaring summer heat. The ritual marks the final days of the Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world.

Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church

By Susan M. Shaw — June 18, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar who studies Southern Baptists explains why the denomination’s ultraconservative beliefs about women remain the same.

Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler, who was accused of sexual abuse, dies at 94

By Associated Press — June 17, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Paul Pressler, a leading figure of the Southern Baptist Convention who was accused of sexually abusing boys and young men and later settled a lawsuit over the allegations, has died. He was 94.

For Senegalese fishermen, Eid al-Adha is now a source of anguish, not a joyful occasion

By By Monika Pronczuk — June 17, 2024
THIAROYE-SUR-MER, Senegal (AP) — The upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha should have been a joyful occasion for millions of Muslims in Senegal. But skyrocketing prices, record unemployment and growing inequalities have turned Tabaski — as the holiday is locally known — into a source of anguish for many in this West African nation.

Sunday school – Monday through Friday: Oklahoma joins states with ‘release time’ laws letting K-12 kids leave school for religious lessons

By Charles J. Russo — June 17, 2024
(The Conversation) — The Supreme Court has twice weighed in on ‘release time’ policies, and many states allow districts to implement them.

Muslim pilgrims resume symbolic stoning of the devil as they wrap up Hajj pilgrimage in deadly heat

By Samy Magdy — June 17, 2024
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — With the final days of the Hajj coinciding with Eid al-Adha, thousands of Muslim pilgrims used the early morning hours Monday to perform the second day of the symbolic stoning of the devil, as noontime summer heat caused heatstroke among many.

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 summit, raising alarm about AI. The G7 responds

By Kelvin Chan and Nicole Winfield — June 14, 2024
BARI, Italy (AP) — Generative AI technology has dazzled the world with its capabilities to produce humanlike-responses, but it’s also sparked fears about AI safety and led to a jumble of global efforts to rein it in.

US Catholic bishops approve outreach to Native Americans and acknowledge boarding school ‘traumas’

By Holly Meyer — June 14, 2024
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Through praying, listening and seeking healing and reconciliation, the bishops, in the new draft, are committing to revitalizing their Native Catholic ministry.

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the devastating Israel-Hamas war

By Samy Magdy — June 14, 2024
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — This year’s Hajj came against the backdrop of the raging war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestinian militants, which pushed the Middle East to the brink of a regional war between Israel and its allies on one side and Iran-backed militant groups on the other.

Gospel group, basking in resurgence, releases first new music in nearly 50 years

By Michael Casey — June 13, 2024
BOSTON (AP) — On Friday, the Browns are releasing “Searching,” their first batch of new songs in nearly 50 years, and gearing up for a tour in July to the Roskilde festival in Denmark as well as the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Germany. “It's a blessing,” Brown Caldwell said.
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